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Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House!
    #1502271 - 04/28/03 10:52 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

My sister had some hermit crabs that were neglected... and nearing death.
I took pity on them, did some research on the net, and discovered that growing hermit crabs is just as easy as growing shrooms! They grow in similiar environments, coincidentially.

So what I did was took a retired 6-gallon incubator, set the dial to 80F (Hermit crabs live in 70-80F), and filled the upper tub with some calcium carbonate + blue sand.
Then I took a cup of spring water (Hermit Crabs can't stand chlorine) and filled up a small dish.
Hermit Crabs live in 50-80% Rel. Humidity. Good thing I still had my retired air-pump and air-stones. This provided adequate humidity when bubbling in a cup of spring water.

PICS AT BOTTOM!



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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: daba]
    #1502598 - 04/28/03 11:59 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

your kidding right ?


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: cupid]
    #1502622 - 04/29/03 12:06 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Nope, I'm serious!
Want more info?


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: cupid]
    #1502624 - 04/29/03 12:07 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

That's not hard to belive is it?


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: funkymonk]
    #1502630 - 04/29/03 12:09 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

I will take whatever you got....


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: cupid]
    #1502663 - 04/29/03 12:18 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

yes, please, send us some pics !!! thank you for saving those little crabs !


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: KOPELANDIAA]
    #1502703 - 04/29/03 12:28 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Well... I only had to buy two things... that was a reptile tray so the crabs could drink w/o drowning themselves (which is full of blue sand right now, they are messy fellas) and some hermit crab food.

They are omnivores, so they eat basically anything, not to mention they are also scavengers. They don't like watermelon though!

The setup concept is very simple: Here is a crude drawing I made in PAINT:


Note: You can also get some T-Rex Stone (pet stores) which is basically CaCO3 and some sand. This is what I got, but it's somewhat costly. However, its edible, so that satisfies the crab's calcium requirements. You can also use sand and CaCO3, but you'll have to measure it out.

Hermit crabs can live up to 20 years in the wild. Maybe I'll have these guys for the next decade or two! hehe.

I'll take pics later (probably tonite or tomorrow).


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: daba]
    #1502716 - 04/29/03 12:32 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

props


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: cupid]
    #1503523 - 04/29/03 07:30 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

wow! very interesting.

i kept some hermit crabs that i caught in the philippines and smuggled back to America in a pringles can. they only lived for a few months though :grin:


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: boO]
    #1503535 - 04/29/03 07:37 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Are they tasty? :grin:


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House [pics] [Re: Paid]
    #1597702 - 06/01/03 04:46 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Long awaited pics have arrived... they seem to not like these crackers I gave them, but they always eat the hermit crab food and baby carrots!

View of the "house" without lid.


Inside view


Another inside view


Hello there! One of the three hermit crabs living in this "house"


Enjoy :laugh:


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: daba]
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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: ]
    #1612726 - 06/05/03 09:13 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Anyways, I went to the mall the other day... some guy was selling hermit crabs at $15 a crab and $7 for half a coconut with a hole drilled in it serving as a small cave.

So I went to the market and bought a coconut... cracked it in half, and now I am currently transforming it into a small cave. Let you guys know later.

Also, I am adding some dried Cholla Cactus so the crabs can climb around. More pics to come, stay tuned...


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: ]
    #1612750 - 06/05/03 09:19 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: ]
    #1612773 - 06/05/03 09:25 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I call the football one Football.
I call the White one Sloan.
I call the Blue one daba jr.


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House [pics] [Re: daba]
    #1613553 - 06/06/03 02:16 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Why have they been painted??  :confused:


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: daba]
    #1614192 - 06/06/03 10:09 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Wanna have some fun? Grab one of the crabs antenna, you can now walk it right out of it`s shell.


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: puscle]
    #1614839 - 06/06/03 04:08 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

One time I caught hermit crabs on vacation but didn't know you had to feed them or give them water (I was young). Then one day I picked up the shell and the white dried up dead crab just fell right out. :frown:

I'm jelous of your aquarium. That's cool. The only pet of my own that I have to take care of is my bean plant I smuggled from our science room... Been growing for 3 days but no sprouts yet! Can't wait to have my own been plants. 40 seeds + 1 tiny pot = a fuckload of plants.

I also want siamese fighting fish, and a frog.


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Re: Turn a retired Incubator into a Hermit Crab House! [Re: jarby]
    #1615917 - 06/07/03 01:40 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

With the addition of the Cholla cactus... it's getting a bit cramped.
I might have to move them to a bigger tub, another one of my old incubators...

More pics to come.


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NEW PICS Incubator -> Hermit Crab House [Re: daba]
    #1615967 - 06/07/03 02:22 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Moved them into a bigger, old terrarium/incubator... this one's got a few holes in it!

Finishing up this coconut half... gonna drill a big hole in it and make that into a cave dwelling like the artifical rock you see...

Keep y'all updated!




Sorry bout the blurry pics... still can't get this digicam straight...


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